Improving communication difficulties

Professional Speech Pathology on the Central Coast

Adult Speech Pathology specialises in helping adults with communication difficulties due to a variety of reason. We deliver therapy based on current evidence-based research. This means you can always expect the most up-to-date therapy techniques and practices that are effective. 
 

helping you meet your communication goals

Communication difficulties can occur for various reasons. They may be the result of acquired problems such as trauma to the brain or from congenital conditions.

As a result, communication difficulties can widely vary. So your therapist will treat you with individual attention and not a one-size-fits-all approach. 

Therapy sessions are tailored to meet the specific needs of each client, and we will work at your pace, helping you to achieve your communication goals. These are different for every client, and may involve finding the right words when you speak, planning what you’re going to say or making your speech clearer. Everyone is different, and your goals will differ depending on your situation.

We may suggest computer-based therapy or iPad apps be used as part of therapy when appropriate. You can  use these at home to increase the effectiveness of your treatment.

Telehealth is also available. This means that effective treatments can be carried out using video meetings even during the Covid pandemic.  This also offers treatment for someone living in a rural area who can’t access a Speech Pathologist locally. 

Stroke

Following a stroke, it is distressing to be left with communication difficulties. You may have aphasia, meaning that you are having difficulty with the use of language. Dyspraxia may also occur where motor planning for speech is affected. If you have dysarthria, you will notice changes to how clear your speech sounds. 

Stroke can also result in cognitive changes, and may affect a person’s memory and thinking. 

Traumatic brain injury

Following a traumatic brain injury, a person may have cognitive communication changes which can make it hard to follow the ‘social rules’ for conversations and express yourself the way you want to. Speech difficulties can also result, with changes to how clear you sound or using the write tone of voice. Swallowing changes may also occur. 

Voice disorders

Difficulties with the voice can be frustrating and challenging. Your voice may fatigue over the day or you may feel you have to strain to produce voice. An Ear Nose & Throat (ENT) specialist may diagnose  nodules or muscle tension which can be improved with voice therapy.  People who use their voices frequently, such as teachers can experience vocal problems that may even result in time off work .

Parkinson's disease

Speech and voice difficulties arising from Parkinson’s can be successfully treated using effective treatments developed especially for people who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Neurological conditions

If you have been diagnosed with MS, Functional Neurological disorder (FND), Huntington’s disease or other neurological conditions you may be experiencing speech or swallowing difficulties or problems with saliva management. Treatment is available to address your concerns. 

Primary Progressive Aphasia

Various language and speech difficulties arise from primary progressive aphasia. We provide specialised assessment and client focused treatment to suit your individual needs and interests. 

Dementia

Patients with dementia are likely to have swallowing problems and see changes in their communication and thinking abilities. Our wholistic approach can help you and your family address many of these concerns. 
 
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Disability

Various forms of disabilities  may result in swallowing, speech and communication difficulties. We are NDIS registered so services are available to support your goals. 

It may be difficult to eat a regular textured diet or drink normal fluids.

A comprehensive assessment and a personalised Mealtime Management plan can be helpful to outline how to support someone to be safe when eating and drinking. We assess clients in their own home so they are at ease with the process. 

Alternative and Augmentative Communication devices (AAC) may be needed to help support communication, whether it is something low cost or high tech. 

Therapy may be indicated to improve speech clarity, communication skills or to focus on social skills.

At Adult Speech Pathology, we assess someone focusing on their strengths.

Our Services

Communication

Do you struggle with communication in daily situations and to participate fully in conversations? Our experience and dedication to our clients will help you achieve independent communication in your daily life.

Swallowing Difficulties

Comprehensive assessment and tailored treatment for swallowing problems to improve your quality of life and enjoyment of eating and drinking again!

Parkinson's disease

Do you want to be heard again and not have to repeat yourself? Do you want to control saliva and enjoy food and drink again? Find out about proven and effective treatment for speech, voice and swallowing difficulties.

Voice disorders

Brief sessions of voice therapy with an experienced therapist can make a significant difference to your voice quality and allow you to enjoy communicating again with a strong voice.

Traumatic brain injury

Following a brain injury, you may have experienced slurred speech, communication problems, cognitive (thinking) difficulties or challenges with social skills for home, community and work that are affecting your ability to return to your previous life.

Stroke

Word finding difficulties, unclear speech, reading, writing/spelling and the ability to express yourself can be improved with targeted therapy that is focused on your goals combined with the support of your family.

Contact us today to find out more about our speech pathology services on the Central Coast.​